As we enter into the month of September, we celebrate the beginning of a new season in our lives – the beginning of a new school year – the beginning of new Sunday school classes – the beginning of new Bible studies… There are new beginnings all around us and in our lives as well. “Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5
That is why September starts with the celebration of Labor Day. Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
On Sunday, September 1st we watched a video honoring the virtues of work and the blessing of God through work. Below are quotes from that video along with scripture passages.
Labor Day – A time to celebrate the value of work, the reward of rest, the honor it brings, the commitment it demands, the virtue it requires.
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt “People might not get all they work for… but they must certainly work for all they get.” – Frederick Douglas
You are not here merely to make a living… you are here to enrich the world.” – Woodrow Wilson
Success consist of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
“When we do what we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” – Helen Keller “Let him labor… that he may have to give to him who needeth.” Ephesians 4:28
“They shall not labor in vain… for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord.” – Isaiah 65:23
The work of our hand the sweat of our brow, it builds our character, reveals purpose in struggle, and adds meaning to life.
“Whatever you do work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” – Colossians 3:23    
Pastor Randy Tucker